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2013-2014 Cover Crop Survey

In the first few months of 2014, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) conducted a national survey of farmers about the use of cover crops. The nationwide, online survey was a follow-up to a smaller survey the previous year conducted by CTIC and SARE at several key conservation tillage conferences in 2012 and 2013, and through online distribution. Though the 2014 data cannot be directly compared to the 2013 results because the respondent pools and the methods of distributing and completing the survey were different, the latest findings add to our understanding of what motivates and challenges farmers considering the use of cover crops, where they get their information, and what they perceive to be the benefits and costs of cover crops.

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